To honor this day, I thought I would share a story about St. Francis of Assisi.
Legend has told the tale of a little cicada and St. Francis. Now, I am fascinated by cicadas. This summer, they awakened from their 17 year rest and filled the air with song. I was fortunate to experience my own bonding with these tiny beings, as you can see from the photograph.
It is truly miraculous how these little beings can exist in darkness so long, come into the light, and sing.
As the story is told, St. Francis came upon a little cicada, chirping on a fig tree in Assisi, one day.
St. Francis loved to sing as well; the two began a delightful song of musical praise.
Each day, thereafter, for seven days, the little cicada waited for his song partner.
And each day, they sang.
The other Franciscan monks gathered and watched.
On the seventh day, St. Francis bid farewell to his little friend. You must live your life, you have given me seven days of happiness and song, now it is time for you to fly…….and so the cicada flew, and did not return again.
This friendship tells us more than song.
It shows how we can awaken from darkness…..praise the light, and fly.
Many other legends have been told of this incredible man who formed a bond with all the creatures of the earth.
Several, such as this one, are compiled in “The Life and Stories of St. Francis…Brother Sun, Sister Moon.”